NHL Rumors: Nino Niederreiter

Fantasy Grapevine: Week 24 

April, 2, 2014
Ilya BryzgalovDave Reginek/NHLI/Getty ImagesWith health problems elsewhere in Minnesota's goalie stable, it's Ilya Bryzgalov's show.
Just like that, Ilya Bryzgalov is once again worth discussing as a fantasy-relevant goaltender. The latest injury to Darcy Kuemper has prompted the Minnesota Wild to recall minor league journeyman John Curry from the AHL, suggesting Bryzgalov will be the go-to netminder for the next couple of contests, at least. If Kuemper’s upper-body ailment is even slightly serious, the 33-year-old Russian could start each of the team’s final six games.

Owned in only 13 percent of ESPN.com leagues, Bryzgalov hasn’t had the sweetest of campaigns, shuffling from Edmonton to Minnesota at the trading deadline. But he’s been pretty good lately; stopping a combined 41 of 44 shots, the perennially candid veteran has won two straight. Pushing to lock up a playoff spot in the West, the Wild coaching staff is justified in feeling confident in their experienced No. 2 netminder.

Moreover, Bryzgalov has a lot to prove, not only as a potentially viable candidate to play in the postseason, but as a pending unrestricted free agent. The next few weeks -- starting Thursday -- could significantly influence the former Vezina finalist’s next contract, whether he lands another gig in the NHL or elsewhere. We anticipate an inspired performance from the fantasy dark horse to close out 2013-14, if he's given the opportunity.

Then there’s the Harding factor. On the injured shelf since late December with complications related to his multiple sclerosis treatments, Josh Harding has joined the Wild for practice in Chicago. Whether the squad’s top netminder from earlier this campaign makes a meaningful appearance before the playoffs remains to be seen, but you might want to keep him in mind for postseason fantasy competition.

Fantasy Grapevine - Week 11 

December, 11, 2013
Nathan HortonAP Photo/Columbus Dispatch/Fred Squillante
It won't be long now. After months of remaining patient, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in line to receive a prized post-holiday present, early in the new year. Scheduled to participate in contact drills in about two weeks' time, forward Nathan Horton is expected to make his Blue Jackets debut near the start of 2014. And the majority of ESPN.com fantasy owners should be figuring out whether the former third-overall NHL draft selection (2003) is worth picking up now.

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NHL Morning Links - Oct. 22 

October, 22, 2013
As is the case with every Monday during the NHL season, our Craig Custance explored the hot topics from the weekend and what's coming next in the Next Question blog post. This week, he pondered whether the Rangers have already buried themselves with a rough start to the 2013-14 season, offered his thoughts on which of the California teams has the best chance of winning the Pacific Division and whether Seth Jones has a chance to play for Team USA in Sochi. With that rundown out of the way, let's do our typical morning lap around the league in the Morning Links.

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NHL Morning Links - Oct. 11 

October, 11, 2013
Thursday's slate of Insider content included Craig Custance's look at why Jaroslav Halak is playing better this season, and how his resurgence makes the Blues a Cup contender. In addition, Corey Pronman provided an update on the top NHL prospects after a few weeks of play in the Canadian junior leagues and international leagues. Let's move on to the links.

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NHL Morning Links - Sept. 19 

September, 19, 2013
Captivating column from ESPN Insider Craig Custance on Wednesday. He checked in with Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos, who painted a picture of the challenges he faced as an 18-year-old coming from major junior hockey to Tampa Bay. Now think about what Stars first-rounder Valeri Nichushkin will be going through this season. Despite these challenges, there's some thought that Nichushkin is the most NHL-ready of the entire draft class, after dominant play at the Traverse City prospect tournament. Dallas may well have gotten the steal of the draft if that winds up being the case.

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NHL Morning Links - Sept. 18 

September, 18, 2013
After practicing with the Florida Panthers for the first time Tuesday, goalie Tim Thomas said all the right things about appreciating his time with the Boston Bruins, maintaining a harmonious relationship with Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, and hoping to help his new team reach the playoffs. Attending camp on a professional tryout contract, Thomas is expected to win a permanent deal with the Panthers.

In house, the folks at Hockey Prospectus take a look at the Anaheim Ducks in their Summer Skate series. And Craig Custance examines the challenges facing Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

Even though head coach Mike Yeo is pretty smitten with Nino Niederreiter, the 21-year-old isn't a shoo-in to make the Minnesota Wild roster out of camp. A start in the AHL for Niederreiter may still be in the cards.

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Setoguchi on the block (update) 

July, 6, 2013
UPDATE: The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round draft pick (2014). As discussed by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the move cleared the necessary $3-million cap room to sign UFA forward Matt Cooke.

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Niederreiter's opportunity 

July, 1, 2013
Nino Niederreiter entered the NHL with lofty expectations back in 2010. The New York Islanders made him the No. 5 pick in the draft that year, on the heels of his impressive performance for Switzerland at the World Juniors, as well as a 36-goal effort for Portland of the WHL. He never found his groove with the Isles though, posting just two goals and one assist -- along with a minus-30 rating -- in 64 NHL games with the club.

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Wild trade Clutterbuck (update) 

June, 30, 2013
UPDATE: As first reported by Newsday's Arthur Staple, the Minnesota Wild have dealt Cal Clutterbuck to the New York Islanders for young forward Nino Niederreiter.

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Niederreiter trade chatter 

January, 22, 2013
It appears Nino Niederreiter wants a fresh start.

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